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Friday, August 29, 2008

On The Inaguration Of Tyranny

Fareweel to a' our Scottish fame,
Fareweel our ancient glory!
Fareweel ev'n to the Scottish name.
Sae famed in martial story!
Now Sark rins over Salway sands,
An' Tweed rins to the ocean,
To mark where England's province stands --
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

What force or guile could not subdue
Thro' many warlike ages
Is wrought now by a coward few
For hireling traitor's wages.
The English steel we could disdain,
Secure in valour's station;
But English gold has been our bane --
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

O, would, or I had seen the day
That Treason thus could sell us,
My auld grey head had lien in clay
Wi' Bruce and loyal Wallace!
But pith and power, till my last hour
I'll mak this declaration :-
'We're bought and sold for English gold'--
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

- Robert Burns

translation

Now, re-read that poem and substitute "Christian" where "Scottish" is and "Ungodly" where "England" or "English" is.

Doug Phillips once said that when tyrants are in power, laws are forgotten.

The abuse of our Constitution is complete.

But even more important, the abuse of God's law is complete.

I watched Obama's acceptance speech and I watched McCain make his choice for vice president. The funny thing was, there is no difference in the speeches! I agree with both parties that we need change, but you change by doing something different, not by doing more of what's causing the problem. Members, of both parties have been making statements about such-and-such being a historical event, or "150 years ago today....." They probably think they are showing off their knowledge of history, but they are really showing off their ignorance of it! Both parties are screaming for reform, asserting that their particular candidate will cause "progress in America", while they deny The Source of all progress! The ending benediction by the so-called "pastor" at the DNC was a perfect example of this. He began a prayer, but he interrupted himself at the end. To the audience he said, basically, "y'all end this prayer however the religion you practice dictates, on the count of three". Also, the sentiments of Obama were echoed by McCain. In speaking of what he intended to do, he said, "there are families that need to be educated, farms that need to be saved..." etc. What happened to government not being the solution to the problem, but the problem itself?

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
Psalm 2:1-5

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thoughts On "I Have A Dream"

On this day, in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech, in the shadow of that Greek temple dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. Now, King had some good things to say, and I agree with some of it, but I think the last few lines of his speech define the whole message:
".......When we allow freedom ring - when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children - black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics - will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

The problem is that King was looking at freedom as an end in and of itself, not a means to an end. As Christians, our duty is soley to glorify God and enjoy him forever. I believe that God intended us to glorify Him in freedom. We should strive for freedom, while ackowledging that it is a gift from God. But even the children of Israel were slaves for a time. I see not a few paralells between King's philosophy of freedom and the philosophy of the French Revolution.

When we lose faith in God and turn to man for the solution, slavery is always the result.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Lawful Assasination, Part 2

In Patrick Henry's "if this be treason, make the most of it" speech, he drew a profound parallel. "Caesar had his Brutus; Charles the First his Cromwell; and George the III would do well to profit from their example". Henry was saying that George the III would do well to learn from the accounts of other tyrants who had been killed. Although I would not call Charles I death assassination, he was executed after trial, Caesar's death was an excellent example of tyrannicide.

But, as Christians, we should bring everything under subjection of the Law of God, and ask, what saith the scripture? Can an individual assassinate a tyrant and be in conformity to God's Word? As I studied this, I found many examples of tyrannicide in the scripture. Many of the kings of Israel, "who did evil in the eyes of the Lord", were killed in this manner. To name a few, Zechariah (2 Kings 15:8-10), Pekahiah (2 Kings 15:23-25), and Amon (2 Kings 21:19-23).

But the best examples, of how Christians should view tyrannicide, I found in the book of Judges. The first example is that of Ehud, the man who was "lame in his right hand". The entire story can be found in Judges chapter 3. The Bible says that "when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord stirred them up a savior...."(vs.15) Ehud was part of a deputation to bring tribute to King Eglon, of Moab. He used his handicap to his advantage, and assassinated the tyrant (not very chivalrous, but it got the job done!). Ehud then rallied the children of Israel and said, "Follow me: for the Lord hath delivered your enemies, even Moab into your hand."(vs.28)

Another example was that of Jael and Sisera, found in Judges chapter 4. Jael is first described in verse 17 as "the wife of Heber the Kenite". After she kills Sisera, Deborah, the prophetess sings, "Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite shall be blessed above other women: blessed shall she be above women dwelling in tents." (vs 24).

The last example I wanted to point out is that of Jehu and Jezebel, 2 Kings 9. Jehu, who will become the king of Israel, is out hunting for all the Covenant breakers. He has already killed Jehoram, king of Israel,(vs.24) and Jehoahaz, king of Judah (vs.27). Both of these could be considered examples of tyrannicide. When Jehu enters Jezreel and sees Jezebel looking down at him from a window, he commands the men standing nearby to cast her from the window. The fall killed her and her remains were eaten by the dogs. (vs.30-36)

Tyrannicide seems to be used in scripture in cases where the leader is so corrupt that he is immune from the natural course of law in that country. Since the mindset of tyrants is Rex Lex, it should be very easy to identify them.

Here is another opinion on this subject from a friend of mine.

Author's note: All biblical references were drawn from the 1599 Geneva Bible.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lawful Assasination, Part 1

As you may have been able to tell by now, I enjoy discussing topics relating to freedom and tyranny. Before I continue, here is what I would define a tyrant as: a person, thing, or idea, which is elevated to a status equal to or above the law of God. As Christians, we should look at government as a covenantal agreement (you saw that one coming!), that as long as the head of state leads us in accordance with God's Word, we will be subject to him. But if the government makes laws that are contrary to God's Law, it is our duty to disobey those laws and to remove that leader from office, by force if necessary. I like the way Manegold of Lautenbach, an ancient scholar, describes it:
"[I]f the king ceases to govern the kingdom, and begins to act as a tyrant, to destroy justice, to overthrow peace, and to break his faith, the man who has taken the oath is free from it, and the people are entitled to depose the king and to set up another, inasmuch as he has broken the principle upon which their mutual obligation depended."
This past year I was introduced to an interesting term/idea pertaining to how Christians should combat tyranny.

The term "tyrannicide" was first introduced to me by Col. John Eidsmoe. Basically, it's a term used to describe the assassination of a tyrant. Interestingly enough, the idea of tyrannicide was advocated by John of Salisbury, a member of the Roman Catholic clergy, which was known for its tyranny. John's magnum opus was Policraticus ("Statesman's Book"). It changed the Western political thought towards government forever. In the book, he states:


[I]t is not only permitted, but it is also equitable and just to slay tyrants. For he who receives the sword deserves to perish by the sword.

"But 'receives' is to be understood to pertain to he who has rashly usurped that which is not his, not he who receives what he uses from the power of God. He who receives power from God serves the laws and is the slave of justice and right. He who usurps power suppresses justice and places the laws beneath his will. Therefore, justice is deservedly armed against those who disarm the law, and the public power treats harshly those who endeavour to put aside the public hand. And, although there are many forms of high treason, none is of them is so serious as that which is executed against the body of justice itself. Tyranny is, therefore, not only a public crime, but if this can happen, it is more than public. For if all prosecutors may be allowed in the case of high treason, how much more are they allowed when there is oppression of laws which should themselves command emperors? Surely no one will avenge a public enemy, and whoever does not prosecute him transgresses against himself and against the whole body of the earthly republic."

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Oops!

I originally scheduled the Wallace post for last Saturday, but due to some unknown problem, it refused to post! I went on this afternoon and posted it manually.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

"Live Free, Or Freely Die"


Perhaps the most well-known figure in the history of Scottish Independence, William Wallace had a great legacy as a freedom-fighter and resistor of tyrants. Wallace was born sometime around 1260. His great stature and strength marked him as a superb warrior. He was taught martial skills at a very young age by his father and older brother. William, who was originally intended for the ministry, recieved a very good education from his uncle. Besides Scots, his native language, he also spoke Gaelic, Latin, and French. His uncle also gave him a great appreciation for God’s word, especially the Psalms, which he would read from daily on his campaigns. As the Presbyterians did years later, he fought an unrelenting battle against the invaders of his country. The stories of his military prowess and victory against great odds are too many to recount here.

On this day in 1305, Sir William Wallace was “hung, drawn, and quartered”, for being a traitor to the English crown. Although treated in a barbarous manner, eyewitnesses say that through the entire trial, he only spoke once:

“I can be no traitor for I owe him (Edward I) no allegiance. He is not my sovereign; he never received my homage and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he never shall receive it. To the other points of which I am accused, I freely confess them all. As governor of my country I have been an enemy to its enemies; I have slain the English; I have mortally opposed the English king; I have stormed and taken the towns and castles which he unjustly claimed as his own. If I or any of my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or ministers or religion, I repent me of my sin; but it is not of Edward of England I shall ask pardon.”

Just prior to his tortuous execution, he asked that one of his men, who had followed him to London, would hold up his Psalter so Wallace could see it as he was being tortured. His last word was, “Freedom”.

I want to end with my favorite quote, attributed to Wallace. At one point during his lifetime he met Robert the Bruce, who was fighting for the English at the time. The unprincipled Bruce asked Wallace why he continued to fight against hopeless odds. The reply was classic:

“You, to whom ignominious slavery with security is dearer than honorable liberty with danger, embrace the fortune you so much admire. I, in the country which I have so often defended, shall live free, or freely die; nor shall my affection for it leave me, but with my last breath.”

Author’s note: The best biography I have read on Wallace is William Wallace: Braveheart, by James Mackay.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

228 Years Of Tyranny

On this day in 1775, King George III declared the American colonies to be in open rebellion.

As the saying goes, he who defines wins, and one man's rebel is another man's patriot. George had the wrong view of the responsibilities of civil government. He had, obviously, not read his history, or studied the "New York best seller" list from the colonies. If he had, he might have noticed that one of the most popular books was Lex Rex, or the law and the prince, by Dr. Samuel Rutherford, a Scottish pastor and Westminster divine. This book was originally written in response to the idea popular among the Stuart tyrants, that the king was over the law, or Rex Lex. Rutherford contended that the Ultimate Law, the Bible, was over the king, and he could only use the powers the God had given him. King George was stepping outside his jurisdiction and the colonists responded by taking up arms, as their Scottish and English ancestors had against the Stuarts.

Two hundred and twenty-eight years later.

The year is 2003.

A gentleman by the name of Roy Moore has been in the headlines for quite some time, for not removing his Ten Commandments monument. With a long history in the judicial sphere, Moore clearly understood the jurisdiction, underlined in the Bible, of the civil government. He knew that the Ultimate Law was over the law of man.

But on this day, just five years ago, he was suspended from office....for acknowledging the Law of God. The federal judge was inffering that we can get along without ackowlegment of God's Law, or Rex Lex!

So what? It was just a rock!

But Judge Moore understood that the acknowledgment of God's Law is the foundation of morality. It is the foundation of everything. If we do not acknowledge God, we are selling our birthright for a mess of lentils! From a purely practical standpoint, think how much judgment we open ourselves up to!
So where were the American people? After all, they had been so united against the tyranny of George III, why were they not so united against the tyranny of our federal government?
Many Americans supported Judge Moore. But the vast majority didn't think much of it.

Why?

Have you taken a look at the New York best sellers list recently? What can we learn about biblical government from Harry Potter?
I don't agree with Judge Moore's ideas 100% but he sure hit the nail on the head when it comes to the importance of acknowledging God.

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Wildlife On The Farm

Although it is not unusual to see various forms of wildlife around our place, there has been an astounding number of wild animal sightings around our house recently.

Here are a few pictures of what we have seen just this week:

These Eastern Wild Turkey came through Monday and Tuesday. I snapped this photo at about 4-500 yards because they wouldn't let me get closer. They are equipped with the highest quality vision of any game bird.

Also on Tuesday, this little beauty trotted across our front yard.

Don't even think it!
Notice how well it blends into the shadows.
These guys came in yesterday evening. I have never seen Canada Geese so far away from a lake before.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Portrait Of A Man: William Cleland

William Cleland was born sometime in 1661, near the Douglas estate in Lanarkshire, Scotland. Raised in a Godly home, his parents were able to send him to St. Andrew's University for further education. After completing his studies at St. Andrew's, he joined one of the militia groups of the Covenanters. Quickly rising in rank, he raised his own unit which would later come to be known as the Cameronians. Their first fight was at Drumclog, which ended in victory for the Covenanters. Seeking redress for their grievances and believing that, with their recent victory, the crown would be willing to negotiate a peacful ending to the long bloodbath. Unfortunantly, the magistrates would not listen to them and a bloody battle was fought at Bothwell Bridge, in which the Covenanters were defeated by overwhelming forces. The Cameronians survived this battle, though soon after, Cleland had to flee to Holland to avoid capture and subsequent execution. He returned to Scotland in 1685, went back to Holland, and returned, for the final time, in 1688 as an agent for William of Orange. Cleland rejoined the Cameronians, his old command, and was made Lieutenant-Colonel.

But this peaceful time was short lived, as the Jacobites began their first rising for the Stuart tyrant. The Cameronians were assigned to protect the strategic town of Dunkeld and it was here that the Jacobites first attacked. Flushed with their early victory at Killiecrankie, they attacked the town on this day in 1689. The Cameronians were so hard pressed that they had to strip lead from the roof tops for ammunition. This ferocious fight had been going on about a hour when Col. Cleland fell, killed instantly by a head shot. George Munro assumed command and around 11:00 that evening drove the Highlanders from the town. They fled to their mountain homes, saying they could "fight against men.....but no longer against devils". Such was the fierceness of the Presbyterian's defense.

William Cleland had bound his life to the Covenant and had died defending it. May we follow his example!

Here's a post I did on William's personal battle flag.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Few New Blogs!

Y'all may have noticed that I have added a few more blogs to my sidebar so go check them out!

Although I probably don't agree with the authors of these blogs 100%, I appreciate the fact that they are "thinkers". That term, coined by Pastor Morecraft, describes an individual who is thinking about and questioning todays culture. This is very important because where there are no thinkers, tyranny is rampant. The pop culture is a culture of idiots and people who don't think (sheep, basically).

So here they are:

In Pursuit

Seeking The Truth

Teach Them Diligently To Your Children

The Blog Of Nathaniel Darnell


Also......


Untitled from Delta01 on Vimeo.

For anyone who is interested, I will begin posting videos I have taken of the musical entertainment at various Scottish heritage events on my Vimeo page. I will name the tunes I know but if you recognize a tune I have not labeled please identify it.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Geneva Bible


I know that the Word of God is the Word of God...but some versions are more accurate than others. If you happen to use the KJV, I do not hold that against you. What I have written is merely some observations about the Geneva Bible and the King James Version. Before last year I had used the Old King James Bible. That was all I knew until I started hearing men like Pastor Morecraft speaking very highly of the Geneva Bible.

The Geneva Bible came into existence in Geneva, Switzerland, during the reign of "Bloody Mary" in England. Many of the great reformers, including John Knox, had fled to Switzerland to avoid persecution. The primary advocates of this version
were Theodore Beza, John Calvin, and John Knox. The translators included many members of the church in Geneva, pastored, at the time, by Knox. I think the Geneva is perhaps the most accurate translation because it is an edition of the translations of William Tyndale and the Great Bible, which was a state sanctioned translation, based on the original languages. The Geneva Bible is probably best known for the Calvinistic footnotes it contains. They add so much to my understanding of the passage. It was these same footnotes that would cause this version to fall out of favor with King James I.
The Geneva was very popular in Presbyterian Scotland. It was actually the very first Bible to be printed in Scotland and a law was passed in 1579 requiring every family of sufficient means to own one.

The KJV, on the other hand, is taken almost word for word from the translation of Tyndale. It came along much later than the Geneva, and lacked the all important footnotes. This later became known as the "authorized" version because the Stuart tyrant authorized it's use. James I had been looking for a version to appease the people but he hated the Calvinistic footnotes because the additional clarification of the Bible seemed to stir the people up against tyranny. The Anglicans brought the KJV to him and said, "Oh King, this version does not contain the word tyrant once in it's pages", and he accepted it on that basis.

When I heard that, I got really mad.

So King James had thrown a bible out because it contained the word tyrant? This means that the KJV was basically a piece of political propaganda. Also, by throwing out the Geneva, James was erasing an ancient landmark.

Another reason I like the Geneva so much is it's heritage. This was the Bible of the Reformers. This was the Bible of the founders of our country. America was founded on the Geneva Bible. It was the Bible of the Pilgrims and the men of Jamestown.
Men read this Bible and were inspired to take dominion.Today, there are soooo many different versions of the Bible and I think that the fact there are so many versions tends to dilute the power of the Word.

The Geneva was the sole foundation of colonial America and I think that is one reason why our ancestors were so conservative toward government.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Southern Heritage Ball

This past weekend, we attended a ball. It was sooooo much fun! In true Southern tradition, we danced from about 6:00 to 11:00...almost. We danced the Gay Gordons (over and over and over...) the Circle Waltz, the Virginia Reel, Mr. Watson's Favorite, and Sellenger's Round. Those are Scottish country dances, with some English and American mixed in, I think.

Usually I will stop and take pictures to post here specifically, but I was having way to much fun dancing! The ball was very well documented, though, and pictures can be found here and here.
Thank you to the Brodocks, who put the whole thing together. It was really a ton of work! Special thanks to the Ferrill Clan for another wonderful dance, especially: Mr. and Mrs. Ferrill, Daniel and Kristen, Micah and Hannah. They did a lot of work!

I received many compliments, throughout the evening, from people who read my blog. Again, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. It's really been a blessing to hear encouraging comments as I seek to follow the Lord's will. Many said that they get their kids to read it so I will really have to watch the things I write here.

As a heads up, you parents might want to scan what I've written for objectionable content because this blog gets a PG-13 rating from this rating service.

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

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Friday, August 15, 2008

A Culture Of Sheep

While we were at the beach this past week, we watched an interesting show on the History Channel. The focus of this particular episode was the battle of Stirling, during the Scottish War for Independence. It was a fascinating show! The host spent a lot of time talking about the Scottish weapons and methods of fighting. The Scottish martial arts were especially interesting. But the host kept marveling over the fact that the Scots were just common farmers, outnumbered, and the English, more skilled, better equipped had still been defeated. Now, I don't agree that the Scots were less skilled, but they were outnumbered and out gunned.

The men who founded our country faced the same odds but they knew that history often repeats itself. I can picture those fathers telling their children about the great battles of the past, and how the Lord shows His hand at work in the affairs of men best when He used the weak to confound the mighty.

I think there were two keys to both the Scots victory over the English and the American victory over the British. First of all, God was on their side and they were being invaded. Without God's help, all is in vain. Those people trusted in God's covenant promises to deliver them from the aggressor who was seeking to take away their liberty. Secondly, they were well prepared. Since most of the soldiers who fought the British were descendants of the Scots who had whipped the English, those men had been fighting for generations. That's one problem with prosperity: it breeds laziness.

So there we were at the beach. It was very easy for me to recognize that most everybody was a sheep. They were so vulnerable! The way they walk, even the way they dressed was so unprotected and revealing (literally)! Americans have become a culture of sheep. Internal problems aside, there are issues like obesity in children and a high emphasis on what feels good. Look at our enemys, the Muslims. Although that religion is not confined to any one race, it is predominate in Europe and Asia. They are taking dominion in the name of a pagan deity and they are prepared to fight.
They are doing what we are supposed to be doing in the name of Christ! They are the ones who are prepared! In fact, if Americans taught their children the same philosophies and skills that the Muslims are teaching theirs, minus the pagan religion and inserting Christianity, most of our problems would be gone. The sons of Muslims are taught how to fight and die for Allah. They are taught self-denial and patience (most Americans lack this). The daughters of Muslims are taught how to be keepers of homes and how to raise children, albeit with a perverted philosophy of how women should be treated. Imagine if American fathers as a whole taught their sons how to fight and die for Jesus Christ? How about if they were taught self-denial and patience? What if American daughters were taught to be Godly wives and mothers, to be helpmeets? France, who shares so many problems with America, is another nation of sheep. It will not be much longer until France is completely Muslim.

So here's a question for you: If America was invaded, would you and your neighbors be able to mount an efficient defense? Most people would say, "Oh, there's no way America could be invaded! Our military is too strong. It's just not practical." But remember, some folks never thought an attack on the World Trade Towers would never happen...but it did.

Because they were prepared, our ancestors gained freedom from a more powerful force. But most importantly, they trusted in God to deliver them.


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Thursday, August 14, 2008

No Responsibility, No Freedom

The morning news in Birmingham states that the city council is considering placing a curfew on teens in the city limits because of recent violence involving teens. Kids under age 17 must be home by 10:00 on the weekdays and midnight on Saturdays. If they are caught outside after those times, their parents are fined $500 and could possibly spend time in jail.

As I heard the news reporter say this, I thought, "Oh well, there the government goes, stepping outside of its jurisdiction again". On second thought, though, it seems that for once, the Birmingham government is actually doing what it is supposed to do!

In God's economy, one must exercise responsibility in order to receive freedom, which is a gift from God. The French Revolution was the ultimate example of a people who wanted freedom but not responsibility.

But Birmingham has a huge problem. Besides a tyrannical government, the welfare system makes it more beneficial, from a financial standpoint, for women to bear children out of wedlock. These kids, who have no adult male example, are free to roam the streets, get in fights, use drugs, and do other terrible things. The governments solution is, "Let's educate them!", which aggravates the situation further.....

So, through the curfew, the government is now trying to teach responsibility to its subjects. Just one problem. Those subjects have never exercised responsibility in their lives. They just relied on the government to take care of them.

It's like teaching an old dog new tricks.

It seems to me that the missing link is the father figure. The kids that are participating in this violence probably don't have dads. So how would your dad keep you from getting into trouble? Simple. I know if I am disobedient, my dad's gonna have my hide. So I can be responsible and not be disciplined or I can be irresponsible and be disciplined. (Hmmmm.....I think I'll be responsible!) See how this tends to make the child a "better citizen"?

Ultimately, with God's help, the father will gain the child's heart.

Although I think the city council is trying to do a good thing, they really have bigger issues they need to deal with.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Historical Tragedy

One of the biggest problems in our nation is the fact that we allow women in the military. Such blatant disobedience of God's economy is terrible.

On this day in 1918 Opha Mae Johnson became the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corp. Although women would be unable to serve in a war zone until the 1940's, an unbiblical precedent had been set.

By no means do I think that women should not be trained how to defend themselves. I do believe that it is the father's duty to teach all of his children this.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Snake In The Grass

I believe the average perception of the National Rifle Association is that of a professional group off lawyers and other people who fight those mean politicians in Washington who are trying to take away our guns. And it was started by Charlton Heston.

While this was probably true while Heston was president, NRA has changed alot of their policies and even compromised on some issues that are pretty important, though not defining. I discovered much about the NRA as I did some research into it's history. The National Rifle Association was originally founded in 1871, by two old Yankee soldiers. It's purpose was to improve the marksmanship of soldiers in the Union army, since their shooting, as a whole, was so inaccurate during the late War for Southern Independence.

The NRA started falling out of favor with me when I discovered that. The possibility that they were falling to the "dark side" became startlingly apparent when we received this letter from the Gun Owners of America. Basically, the NRA had supported a gun regulation on supposedly "mentally ill" veterans.

But as I dug deeper, I discovered that the compromises by this so-called "pro-gun" lobbying agency were not new. Here is an article on the Congressional hearing on firearms in 1934, in which the president of the NRA states:

"I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I seldom carry one. ... I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses"

There is even a suggestion, with good proof, that there is possibly a symbiotic relationship between the Washington bureaucrats and the NRA:

The BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives) needs the NRA to keep resisting its agenda (or at least appearing to do so) so it can whimper to Congress that it needs more money, more manpower, more machinery, and most of all, more leeway with regard to its habitual violations of its victims' Constitutional rights.

Similarly, the NRA needs the BATFE to frighten its membership with (not to mention prospective members), using the violent and corrupt federal agency as a bogey-man, and its well-known illegal depredations and terror tactics to extract more money from those who foolishly believe the NRA can protect them -- or even has an interest in doing so.

Now, this is just a theory. Conspiracy theory? Perhaps. I do think it is a valid argument, though. But as Christians, we should remember that the battle is the Lord's. He can win it with or without our guns. This does not mean that we should throw up our hands and not do anything, but by faith in God's promises, we should seek to change tyrannical legislation.

Deo Vindice

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Monday, August 11, 2008

They Weren't Allowed To Win

A conflict that cost America 200,700 casualties ended when the last US ground unit pulled from Vietnam on this day in 1972. The number of casualties would continue to climb as American servicemen rotted in so called "POW" camps.

The Vietnam war should have been a quick victory for the US. I believe it was right for us to be there because we were combating an evil that had the potential of eventually harming us (communism). The US leadership was extremely treacherous during the whole affair, men like Lydon Johnson, Dean Rusk, and Henry McNamara. The war could have been over quickly if those men had allowed it. Instead they chose to draw it out, even setting lines over which our men could not attack! For instance, if a Viet Cong convoy was traveling, down a military road, and they pulled 25 feet off of the road, American bombers could not attack them.

When the troops returned, they were met with a storm of ridicule and disrespect. Because they fought so hard and under such difficult situations, I have come to respect Vietnam vets more than veterans of any other war. I guess it's because the Vietnam vets coming home, in a way, was so much like the Confederate veterans after the War for Southern Independence.They had fought so hard, but had come up short.

May we always remember those who sacrificed for our freedom even though it wasn't fun.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Field Trip To The Naval Air Museum

Today dad took all us boys to the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola. Since we are currently taking a vacation at Orange Beach, it was only about 15 minutes away.

We had visited the museum several years ago but I hardly remembered it and although I am not a big airplane enthusiast, today's outing was very interesting. The museum is located on the home base of the world renowned Blue Angels. We joined in on a guided tour after our arrival, which was very interesting. If you visit this museum I would highly recommend taking the tour. It's free and we would have been very lost without it.

Here are some pictures I took:

The world of aircraft.....

The Blue Angels.
Our tour guide said that they fly even closer together in formation but the folks who inspected the building wouldn't let them hang the planes any closer together because of safety reasons.

Here's the Scottish flag over the Alabama flag!
(actually just two signal flags)

Our excellent tour guide!

A Flying Tiger!

Us in front of the F-4 Phantom.

The art gallery contained a painting signed by some of the Doolittle Raiders. Jimmy Doolittle's signature was at the top of the painting.


Little boys and big guns.
(the 40 mm. anti-aircraft gun)

This is one of the actual planes that survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It also went through the battle of Midway.

This is the Japanese N1K2-J. It was captured by the Americans. Our guide stated that many servicemen could'nt resist the temptation of jumping up on the wing and running up to look down in the cockpit....which would usually result in them being killed by the Japanese pilot. After this happened several times, the men were instructed to shoot their .45 handgun through the cockpit before looking in, killing the pilot.

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Scottish History Evening In Georgia

Thursday, August 28th 7:00 No Charge

At the end of June, Circa historian Bill Potter helped lead a two week history tour of Scotland for Vision Forum. About 15 families (c. 100 people) from around the United States attended the tour. Mr. Potter is going to deliver a lecture entitled “The Military History of Scotland, from William Wallace to Bonnie Prince Charlie” and talk about the battlefield sites and castles of Scotland. Also on the trip was Dr. Joseph Morecraft, an internationally known church historian and Pastor of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in Cumming, Georgia. He will be delivering a lecture entitled “The Reformation in Scotland, 1550-1688” the same evening. The lectures are scheduled to be 40 minutes each, with time for questions. This event will be held at the Circa History Guild, in Alpharetta Georgia.

Fair fa' ye

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Communism Spreads

In an attempt to show harmony between the countries, and quash "free Tibet" protests, China is really cracking down on Olympic competitors showing flags from their own countries. That is, countries that are not Olympic members. For instance, Scottish competitors can fly the UK flag but not the Scottish saltire.

I absolutely despise the way the US and other countries are bending over backwards to cater to the communist country.

Alba gu bragh!

I almost forgot.....

On this day in 1961, Mark O'Connor, another famous fiddler was born. I highly recommend his recording (including Yo Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer) entitled Appalachia Waltz.

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Happy Birthday To The Strathspey King!

On this day in 1843, James Scott Skinner, one of Scotland's most famous fiddlers was born. After winning several local competitions in dancing and fiddling competitions, he began teaching dancing and fiddle lessons. He soon caught the eye of Queen Victoria who asked him to become the official dance master of the royal family at Balmoral. By 1868 he had 125 pupils! He soon after began to publish his own compositions. He is most well known for his strathspeys.

Here is an example of a few of his songs:

video

The first 4 songs are strathspeys (Mary Scott, The Ewie wi' the Crookit Horn, Lord Kelly, Sir Harry's Welcome Home). The rest are reels (The Dismissal Reel, Paddy on the Turnpike, The Yellow Tinker). Played by Natalie Macmaster on her recording, My Roots Are Showing.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Capsulated History

Check out this story on a history capsule recently discovered at the base of a Confederate monument in Virginia. An interesting slide show here. I really appreciate the fact that the pipes are becoming more common at events honoring our Confederate forefathers.

Fair fa' ye.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Check This Guy Out!

I highly recommend all of my readers to check out this blog. The author is very well read and does a very good job of interpreting the constitution. And what's more..... He's a fellow Confederate-Libertarian! I really like his comments on situations where the US is breaking the Constitution. When we find situations like this, we should always condemn them when they are not in conformity to God's word.


Here are some of my favorites:



An Article about Confederation

Claustrophobia

Just Shoot Me
So check it out! Comment!

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